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Title: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 03, 2017, 10:29:45 AM
It's time to vote on December's Writing Contest: Dragons!

We got 16 entries this month, almost all in the last couple of days ;)
Thanks to all of you for participating!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your four favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 03, 2017, 02:40:51 PM
dragons!  now comfortably readable from your favorite device!

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kindle mobi:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/dragons-noauthor.mobi
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/dragons.mobi

generic epub:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/dragons-noauthor.epub
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/dragons.epub

word document:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/dragons-noauthor.docx
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/dragons.docx

critique sheet:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/critiques-dragons.md

NOTE: Files with '-noauthor' appended only have the author
names listed at the beginning, on the table of contents.
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Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Roelor on January 11, 2017, 03:38:05 PM
First time submission and voting!

Enjoyed all of the submissions!
Thanks guys for the great reads!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 11, 2017, 11:56:17 PM
Re-reading my happy ending story and being disappointed with my work. Some nice turn of phrases, but not very satisfied with the feels. There are no decent gut twists. I think I should keep to gruesome, or sad ends, regardless of the tone of the story.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on January 12, 2017, 02:17:37 AM
Read and voted, helped by fact it was 34C yesterday and 31C so far today and I do not want to do anything but read. And Behold, Here Be Dragons. ;D

To vote only for four was extremely hard, thank you to all our writers. I enjoyed every single story and every way  in which you each featured the ultimate, supreme, unrivalled and best of mythical creatures.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 12, 2017, 09:40:02 AM
Read and voted, helped by fact it was 34C yesterday and 31C so far today
Can we split the temperature? It would give each of us a nice 18C :D

I've got the Word document with the stories in my laptop, ready to read once in a while, and write down my comments for future reference (i.e. voting at the end hehe) - but I haven't started yet ::)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Roelor on January 12, 2017, 12:25:27 PM
Read and voted, helped by fact it was 34C yesterday and 31C so far today and I do not want to do anything but read.

-12c here :(

Would love anything above freezing temperature.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 24, 2017, 03:42:45 PM
One week left to vote!!

I've got 6 stories left to read, and I already have four with 5 stars. I bet there are more potential 5 stars in the rest: how will I choose? :o
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on January 25, 2017, 09:06:16 AM
We have only seven voters so far. And no story has more than three votes. Haven't seen such an even field in months!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on January 25, 2017, 09:20:10 AM
We have only seven voters so far. And no story has more than three votes. Haven't seen such an even field in months!

If we have 16 voters, and the spread stays randomly even, there could be a wild possibility each story got the same number of votes? How beautiful would that be ?  Everyone's a winner, baby.....  8)

Who can work out the probabilities?   8)

Not going to happen because we nearly always seem to get 17 voters  :'(
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 25, 2017, 10:21:24 AM
I haven't even started reading yet  :-[
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 25, 2017, 02:46:34 PM
We have only seven voters so far. And no story has more than three votes. Haven't seen such an even field in months!

If we have 16 voters, and the spread stays randomly even, there could be a wild possibility each story got the same number of votes? How beautiful would that be ?  Everyone's a winner, baby.....  8)

Who can work out the probabilities?   8)

Ha, that's wild. I'm going to vote here in the next few days. It seems like I've got a full plate for the next few weeks, but I'll carve out the time!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 26, 2017, 11:11:47 AM
I still got 3 left to read and I already have 6 stories with 5 stars!
You guys are too good for my own good ::) ;D
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 26, 2017, 03:37:39 PM
I still got 3 left to read and I already have 6 stories with 5 stars!
You guys are too good for my own good ::) ;D

no worries.  i have a plan!  everyone should just vote for the ones that are my favorites!  then, we're all good!  you don't have to make ANY decisions at all!

oh.

wait.

dammit.

i can't vote for my story.

well, hell -- screw it, you guys are on your own . . .

*slaps his forehead then pouts in a corner about his stupid idea*
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 28, 2017, 02:54:58 PM
Voted!
With 3 days to spare hehe
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Bradley Darewood on January 30, 2017, 11:09:19 AM
 It's 3am on a Mon morning, quarterly report is due J31st, but somehow I made voting on FF my first priority...
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Jmack on January 30, 2017, 11:45:20 AM
I'll be reading the stories on my flight to London.  8)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 30, 2017, 12:06:38 PM
8 stories separated by just 2 points!

Your vote counts 8)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 30, 2017, 03:02:50 PM
i voted too!

get in there and read, read, read folks!  it's a great batch of stories!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on January 30, 2017, 03:20:11 PM
My votes are in. Tough competition, but one really stood out for me this time around.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 30, 2017, 03:37:19 PM
I'm reading today and voting as soon as I'm done with editing and posting my new story.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on January 30, 2017, 03:50:27 PM
My votes are in. Tough competition, but one really stood out for me this time around.

oh, fun!  i love when a single story pops for folks.  it was a wash of quality for myself, so i'm eager (once voting closes) to hear which one it was.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on January 30, 2017, 06:58:58 PM
That was rough.  I had six stories that I thoroughly enjoyed (more than that, actually, but I was trying to be selective), and narrowing it down to 4 was painful.  Curse you, limits! *Shakes fist*

All in all, though, an excellent field of narrative combatants.  Well done to all!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 31, 2017, 10:04:26 AM
Voted. Wasn't too bad for me this month.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on January 31, 2017, 08:28:51 PM
Voted, and damn. Those stories were awesome. Well done, everyone.

Once again, my choices were based on the subjective appeal of the content, rather than the quality, because the quality was top-notch. This theme inspired so many cool ideas, I'm jealous I didn't come up with them.

Looking forward to seeing the results!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 31, 2017, 08:49:55 PM
Voted, and damn. Those stories were awesome. Well done, everyone.

Once again, my choices were based on the subjective appeal of the content, rather than the quality, because the quality was top-notch. This theme inspired so many cool ideas, I'm jealous I didn't come up with them.

Looking forward to seeing the results!

I'm not exceedingly impressed with this month, to be honest. Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey. Which is what I adored in A Natural History of Dragons, in which they're like big cats or apes, studied by a woman in a time in which women wear dresses and pump out children. They're a backdrop that drive everything, and when they come, you feel as excited as your naturalist MC. I think we all more or less stuck to more traditional western fantasy dragons.
Not that it's bad, really, but it feels like we have more diversity in other months. I think it's due to the 'object' of the theme being restrictive to a cliche creature.

I love the stories I voted for, and it was a strong month, but I really dislike mine now. Even with my weak attempt at a happy ending, I wrote this while in a really shitty month in a really dark mood. Re-reading myself is horrible!  ;D So I guess it also influences my wish to soon go on and read the cool UF stories.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: LightRunner on January 31, 2017, 11:46:03 PM

Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey.

I definitely had the same thought regarding the fact that certain characteristics came up in many of the stories (How many were there where the MC traveled to a dragon's lair?)

Also, I thought it was interesting to see where the similarities between the dragons from different stories were. Which characteristics did different writers see as part of the definition of a dragon and which did they not?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 31, 2017, 11:54:18 PM

Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey.

I definitely had the same thought regarding the fact that certain characteristics came up in many of the stories (How many were there where the MC traveled to a dragon's lair?)

Also, I thought it was interesting to see where the similarities between the dragons from different stories were. Which characteristics did different writers see as part of the definition of a dragon and which did they not?

Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on February 01, 2017, 12:07:10 AM
Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
Hey, I'll have you know mine used Superheated Air breath!

But yeah, I get where you're coming from. It was kinda telling that my first (and final) idea for this month was a story parodying how common those sorts of Western dragons are.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 01, 2017, 12:23:02 AM
Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
Hey, I'll have you know mine used Superheated Air breath!

But yeah, I get where you're coming from. It was kinda telling that my first (and final) idea for this month was a story parodying how common those sorts of Western dragons are.

Which made you totally aware of these issues, but not escaping them :p
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 01, 2017, 12:45:43 AM
Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
Hey, I'll have you know mine used Superheated Air breath!

But yeah, I get where you're coming from. It was kinda telling that my first (and final) idea for this month was a story parodying how common those sorts of Western dragons are.

Which made you totally aware of these issues, but not escaping them :p

yah.  totes.

mine, specifically, was a choice.  as a goal, i wanted to do a more character-flop thing, so i leaned heavy on tropes to conserve word count for the lengthier character stuff.

/shrug

trade-offs, ya know?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Bradley Darewood on February 01, 2017, 02:37:32 AM
Voted, and damn. Those stories were awesome. Well done, everyone.

Once again, my choices were based on the subjective appeal of the content, rather than the quality, because the quality was top-notch. This theme inspired so many cool ideas, I'm jealous I didn't come up with them.

Looking forward to seeing the results!

I'm not exceedingly impressed with this month, to be honest. Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey. Which is what I adored in A Natural History of Dragons, in which they're like big cats or apes, studied by a woman in a time in which women wear dresses and pump out children. They're a backdrop that drive everything, and when they come, you feel as excited as your naturalist MC. I think we all more or less stuck to more traditional western fantasy dragons.
Not that it's bad, really, but it feels like we have more diversity in other months. I think it's due to the 'object' of the theme being restrictive to a cliche creature.

I love the stories I voted for, and it was a strong month, but I really dislike mine now. Even with my weak attempt at a happy ending, I wrote this while in a really shitty month in a really dark mood. Re-reading myself is horrible!  ;D So I guess it also influences my wish to soon go on and read the cool UF stories.

I feel you Nora.  When I first wrote mine I *HATED* it, and I usually have an over-inflated ego so that's rare.  I definitely liked my corpse story 10,000 times better than what I was able to come up with this month (haha when I wrote the corpse story, I definitely felt pumped), but i chalk it up to the holidays just being shitty cliche time of year, the theme was good :)

I think yours would have been better if
the dragon ate your MC, as I assumed when I first read it. But i'm an awful awful human being.

PS-- we are total opposites. For me: UF= groooosssss (unless I'm playing shadowrun).  Vampires= uggggggghhhh trite (so long as no one knows I secretly watched an episode of TVD) Epic fantasy=Yaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!!   I guess between the two of us we can keep opposite ends of the genre afloat with readership :)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Jmack on February 01, 2017, 10:12:34 AM
Last minute vote.
I should be working but I had to finish reading the stories!
I really focused on prose and originality this time.
Some really excellent stories.  :)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 01, 2017, 11:10:21 AM
Congratulations, Jmack! Looks like that last-minute vote probably mattered.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on February 01, 2017, 11:20:46 AM
Congratulations   Jmack, so pleased, knew that was a winner  ;)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Jmack on February 01, 2017, 11:27:53 AM
Congratulations, Jmack! Looks like that last-minute vote probably mattered.

Well, I didn't vote for myself  ;D. Honest.
But I did vote for four great stories by @TOMunro, @The Gem Cutter, @Bradley Darewood, and @Nora. Each had cool, original concepts and prose I admired.

A special call-out from me to Nora, who gave me feedback on my story and was spot on with every comment. I shamelessly used her advice.

And to @Osahon. I liked so much about the story, but it read for me more like a character study than a plot.
And to @Rukaio_Alter, who never disappoints.
And to.... I could keep going.

Thanks for the votes! So excited for the fun of winning and writing this month.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 01, 2017, 11:59:22 AM
Ayy!! Congrats @Jmack, I know you deserve it, I think you'd have gotten there with the original story anyway, the differences aren't that great, mostly I'm glad you chose to go with this one. The other was cool but too convoluted and less self contained.

I voted for you, and @Bradley Darewood ! – In the beginning I thought 'wow, risky, going for the arab kidnapper angle.' and the more I read it, the better it got. The description of the pollution was awesome, so is the final choice. The only thing that could make it better would have been to drop a line or two explaining why the dragon's rain would have been beneficial (because if I think of it, water mostly goes down in wells, and wells are polluted, right?). Beyond that, great work, and nothing to feel bad about!
In retrospect, you're totally right, I should have made the Ouroboros eat my character. I think I was too mired in my shit mood and tried for something happy, even if it didn't work. *shrug*

Also voted for @m3mnoch, because your story was pretty boringly cliche untiiiiiil, ayyyy, awesome! I swear there is another story like yours before in the list (I tend to read in order), that had the exact same plot course, right until the curse is revealed. Since it was well written, the fresh twist was worth the vote  ;)

And my last was @NightWrite. Liked the scientific approach and the cliche bending. Lovely idea, very well executed in few words. Fan!

Special mention to @Osahon, who pretty much came in fifth on my list. Good idea. Could have been explored a little bit better, I guess, because the hints of the cross breed were a bit light and late in the tale, to appreciate it fully. Could make a great longer story, something like a 5k short in a crucial moment of the life of this little buddy?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on February 01, 2017, 12:17:02 PM
Congrats, @Jmack!

My votes went for you, Bradley, NightWrite and Gem Cutter.

Do we have three emperors now?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Bradley Darewood on February 01, 2017, 12:27:17 PM
Tbh @Jmack yours was my fav story this round!  I voted for yours, @tebakutis (loved the snow thing), and @The Gem Cutter  (cute idea)

Aweeee thanks @Nora !  I felt called to do a climate change story w/ all the BS going on in DC.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Roelor on February 01, 2017, 02:10:39 PM
GZ @Jmack !

I voted for @The Gem Cutter @Anonymous @TOMunro @Rukaio_Alter
I even got two votes. Yay
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2017, 02:39:05 PM
Yay @Jmack! :D :D
I voted for you, hehe

My other votes went to @m3mnoch, @TOMunro and @Rukaio_Alter, but I could highlight others that I also really enjoyed :)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on February 01, 2017, 02:45:42 PM
Hot damn! Congrats, @Jmack!

I want to bring your story back to life ... SO I CAN KILL IT AGAIN. Mwuhahaha...

BTW, since everyone else is doing it, I voted for @The Gem Cutter (loved Anne's clever ploy to bribe the dragon), @Bradley Darewood (who actually made a good argument for human sacrifice), @Nora (I know you hated your story, but I thought it was great and actually got a tiny bit choked up when the vet leaves with the dragon) and @LightRunner (loved the witch's clever idea with the fireproof paste and the fact that she goes to go take care of baby dragons .. d'aaaw).

But I really enjoyed the rest of the stories too. Those just happened to be my four subjective favorites.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on February 01, 2017, 02:57:48 PM
I think this is the first time I've seen tebakutis reveal his votes  ::)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 01, 2017, 03:05:44 PM
woot!

/highfive

congrats @Jmack -- i voted for you!  my streak of picking the winners remains!

i also voted for @TOMunro (steam engines powered by dragon blood ftw!) and @Lanko  (spaaaaaace dragons!) for their original takes on theme.  and, since i only used three of my four, that means there were a BUNCH of stories fighting for that fourth vote.  i just couldn't choose.

good job on the month, guys.  it was super-interesting to read.  is it just me, or are our stories getting really, really good?

i say it all the time, but man, i love this club.


edit:  weird.  i had to edit mine to get lanko's name to pop.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on February 01, 2017, 03:13:36 PM
Voted for @Jmack @NightWrite @m3mnoch and @Lanko

Did everyone vote for Jmack?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 01, 2017, 03:15:18 PM
Voted for @Jmack @NightWrite @m3mnoch and @Lanko

Did everyone vote for Jmack?

heh.  it only feels that way.  of 18 people, he got 9 votes.  1/2 of the folks voting for a single story is pretty darn good.  especially with our wild and varied tastes around these parts.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on February 01, 2017, 03:23:57 PM
I think this is the first time I've seen tebakutis reveal his votes  ::)

You're not wrong!

For a long while I was hesitant to reveal my picks because I didn't want to seem like I was saying the stories I didn't vote for weren't good (since they were!) But given the high level of quality we now consistently have in our contests, I've gotten over that, and I think I've been clear that I've enjoyed everyone's stories, so I worry less about that.

Just because I didn't vote for a particular story doesn't mean I didn't think it was great ... it just means another story edged it out for a subjective reason.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on February 01, 2017, 03:42:42 PM
What I like about the reveal is who voted similar to you.

Apparently its Nora for this month 3/4 she copied my votes ;-)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2017, 04:06:13 PM
Congratulations Jmack!

And thank you for those who liked Anne's Words  ;D
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on February 01, 2017, 04:12:04 PM
Congratulations Jmack!

And thank you for those who liked Anne's Words  ;D

Don't be the black sheep.

Who did you vote for?  ::)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 01, 2017, 04:30:26 PM
What I like about the reveal is who voted similar to you.

Apparently its Nora for this month 3/4 she copied my votes ;-)

Great minds think alike, and all that...
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2017, 04:49:09 PM
I didn't want to seem like I was saying the stories I didn't vote for weren't good (since they were!) But given the high level of quality we now consistently have in our contests, I've gotten over that, and I think I've been clear that I've enjoyed everyone's stories, so I worry less about that.

Just because I didn't vote for a particular story doesn't mean I didn't think it was great ... it just means another story edged it out for a subjective reason.
This, definitely!
Every single month I have lots of trouble choosing just the max number of votes, there are usually so many stories I like! Well done, all :D
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 01, 2017, 05:31:29 PM
I ended up voting for Jmack, because I thought your story evinced that fable-y feel, or perhaps some eastern-influenced wisdom story.  But it was beautifully written, so well done.

I also voted for Tebakutis, because I enjoyed the story, and I wanted to pick one of the stories where the dragon kept away greater threats.  It was a tough choice, though, but in the end you won out on your dragons' names.

I also included Roelor, because I loved that it took place in modern day, but the dragon thought in terms it already knew (jets being birds, etc).  Well done!

And finally, though it was probably my favorite story, was TOMunro.  I thought your dragon enjoyed the might and majesty that such a creature should enjoy.  Also, as a nuclear plant supervisor, I thought the parallel was extremely well done, though you did miss a change in the dragon's name near the end (It was Chenya vice Cherna.  I'm assuming Cherna was to draw a closer link to the Chernobyl accident).
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2017, 05:32:48 PM
Don't be the black sheep.

Who did you vote for?  ::)
I'm not being a black sheep - I'm cultivating an air of mystery  8)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 01, 2017, 05:52:14 PM
Looks like I was on trend with most of my votes. I went with @The Gem Cutter, the anonymous poem, @Jmack and @Bradley Darewood.

It was @Bradley Darewood who stood out for me in particular. I really like the style of this one.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Bradley Darewood on February 01, 2017, 06:35:42 PM
Looks like I was on trend with most of my votes. I went with @The Gem Cutter, the anonymous poem, @Jmack and @Bradley Darewood.

It was @Bradley Darewood who stood out for me in particular. I really like the style of this one.

Thanks @Alex Hormann !!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: TOMunro on February 01, 2017, 07:24:14 PM
congratulations to @Jmack, I did enjoy the twist at the end of your tale, though I guess I shoudl have seen it coming since it was about a fishwife. 

I thought it was a very high quality month with a lot of stories in contention for votes.

In the end mine went to
@Roelor I loved the mixing of the fantastic and the modern - it could almost have been an urban fantasy entry with the dragon descending on the football stadium/music concert
@tebakutis I liked the idea of a dragon protecting the village from a greater peril and thought this was well executed.
@LightRunner The dragon sourced paste to protect the witch from flames was a lovely little plot point, subtly foreshadowed that appealed to me.   
@m3mnoch this was another dragon protecting from a greater evil - so I was being less diverse in my votes maybe, but the humorous dialogue gave this a more lighthearted angle on a similar theme to Tebakutis
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 01, 2017, 07:37:19 PM
I thought @TOMunro's story stood above the rest this month, and I truly had issues picking from the rest of the greatness out there that I just cast the one vote this month!

Edit: Can't believe I forgot to congratulate @Jmack! Awesome story man, well deserved :)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Jmack on February 01, 2017, 07:39:50 PM
I thought @TOMunro's story stood above the rest this month, and I truly had issues picking from the rest of the greatness out there that I just cast the one vote this month!

Edit: Can't believe I forgot to congratulate @Jmack! Awesome story man, well deserved :)

Thanks, LOTW.
And I think it's classy to pick just one when it stands out so much for you.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: TOMunro on February 01, 2017, 07:54:06 PM

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Also, as a nuclear plant supervisor, I thought the parallel was extremely well done, though you did miss a change in the dragon's name near the end (It was Chenya vice Cherna.  I'm assuming Cherna was to draw a closer link to the Chernobyl accident).

@gennerik wow - what are the chances of my story being read by a nuclear power plant supervisor!

I'm glad you spotted the parallels - I had so much fun with the world building in this one and the references to real world nuclear disasters.   Chernobyl obviously - with the premise of a foolish experiment that went disasterously wrong.  And a re-imagined control-rod fail safe.

Thank you also to all those who picked "Tickling the Dragon's Tale" in what was a very competitive month (as they all seem to be these days).

The title came from Feynman's description of some dodgy experiments at Los Alamos where scientists teased a nuclear core towards the point of super-critical flash over an experimental practice which killed two scientists Louis Slotin and Harry Daghlian in two separate accidents.

And the idea that dragon blood could be radioactive and dragon fire was actually an induced supercritical flashover. 

Yes I did enjoy that.  The first story was going to be about Alpha the brood mother, but I had to rethink as it expanded way beyond the word count.
   
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2017, 08:33:40 PM
Also, as a nuclear plant supervisor, I thought the parallel was extremely well done, though you did miss a change in the dragon's name near the end (It was Chenya vice Cherna.  I'm assuming Cherna was to draw a closer link to the Chernobyl accident).
What plant do you work at @gennerik ?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 01, 2017, 08:55:46 PM
Also, as a nuclear plant supervisor, I thought the parallel was extremely well done, though you did miss a change in the dragon's name near the end (It was Chenya vice Cherna.  I'm assuming Cherna was to draw a closer link to the Chernobyl accident).
What plant do you work at @gennerik ?

Sorry, not a civilian plant.  I'm a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer.  So, the plants are much smaller, but the principles are the same.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2017, 09:09:38 PM
Sorry, not a civilian plant.  I'm a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer.  So, the plants are much smaller, but the principles are the same.
Ah, yes. In a previous life I worked with many of you guys in a variety of interesting ways. My real father, whom I did not know well, designed the piping systems for many of the plants in the western states in the 70s, and helped establish some of the heightened quality control processes that set the industry apart from other piping-intensive industries, like water & sewer. The failure of a bolt in one setting is one thing; in the other setting, something far more dire.

There's a former Nuc Commander turned-inspirational/leadership seminar speaker whose take on leadership is innovative and thought-provoking, but his name escapes me.

ETA: David Marquet. Love this video! Perhaps you're familiar with him and his talk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psAXMqxwol8
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 02, 2017, 12:13:11 AM


My first thought at you working with us in a variety of interesting ways would be you were a Navy Seal?

And that's a very true observation. In nuclear power, tolerance from perfection it's very small, be it size, shape, or material.

Not familiar with the video. Started to watch it, but my kids decided otherwise. I'll have to watch it after they go to bed, but thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 02, 2017, 12:25:47 AM
No, I was a lowly linguist, although I worked in specops (as you Navy folks call it) and encountered SEALs from time to time. I did almost make it through Army Combat Diver training, but found my instincts to not drown were too strong. There is a small number of sailors who do what I did, smaller than the 150 or so in the Army, but there's always been a close relationship between special operations, submariners, and other less cool endeavors, like mine.

I hope your career progresses well, and safely. Putting a nuclear reactor in a boat that deliberately sinks and operates in absolute darkness for months at a time - well, going to the moon was literally easier, simpler, and safer.

I do always love to use nuclear subs as an example of the inevitable stupidity inherent in all people, and multiplied when they gather in groups, the example being that the number one cause of fires on nuclear submarines remains:
drier lint

And people wonder why I am fascinated with irony  ;D
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 02, 2017, 01:24:04 AM
Thanks, Gem Cutter! I also hope for safety. I can see the linguist interactions as well. There's a lot of times they come in handy.

That is true about the moon, too. The pressures that we operate at are much more difficult to deal with than space, though the return from the moon is still pretty rough, and they do operate a little faster than a sub does.

I also knew the answer to your question, though I've only encountered a dryer lint fire once. Another was a pen stuck in the dryer, then I've had one at sea equipment fire, and one while in port. But fire on a submarine is incredibly scary, no matter what the source.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: LightRunner on February 02, 2017, 02:49:21 AM
@Jmack  I write a few notes after I read each story to help remember my experience when it comes to voting and critiquing. The only thing I wrote after yours was "Creepy." Well done.

I voted for @Bradley Darewood (I really liked the concept and setting), @Nora (Your opening line was fantastic and set up the character really well), @tebakutis (I liked the concept and Sekia's horror), and @m3mnoch (Great writing and twist)

Again, there were lots of other worthy stories this month - these were just the ones that ended up getting my vote on that day.

Also, thanks to @tebakutis and @TOMunro for the votes!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on February 02, 2017, 03:02:48 AM
My comment was brief last night because I had to wake up to see the result, so will expand on where my votes went after a lot of hard decision making about my favourite fantasy creatures. Many entries kept near the accepted themes, of hoards/ usual physiology/sacrifice to appease, but I appreciated the variations on those themes as well as other treatments. Excellent month from my pov, sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone.
 
@Lanko I loved every part of the story concept and the portrayal of your dragon, while being eaten up with personal envy. I have been struggling with a story around immeasurably large Space Dragons ever since the Monstrous Beasts month and tried again this month, still couldn't get it together. Now you have done it for me perfectly, a splendid all powerful dragon, together with a clever plot twist, and got my vote instantly. I hope one day Kalgarath appears again. Congratulations. ;D ;D

@Jmack, you got a vote from me for excellent fable style and even more for creating Lo, a bad tempered, long suffering, stubborn, snarky fishwife. She was brilliant. ;D

@Bradley Darewood Gladly voted for modern time, desert setting  and build up to new treatment of sacrifice with clever unexpected twist. :D

@NightWrite, that heart wrenching story of true reasons for dragons' hoards, love it when dragons get a little sympathy for a change and that was a different approach. Liked the unusual narrator and the journal entry style  so altogether pleased to give it my vote. ;D
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on February 02, 2017, 03:48:09 AM
Hey so question for @xiagan (and others who want to chime in). When I announce the winner on the FF-Contest Twitter, it's tempting to also post a link to their story in the submission thread, so people can go read it if they wish. However, I know we also post the story on the main FF site after a set period of time, and I wonder if posting the thread version to the Twitter thread would "steal the story's thunder", so to speak.

I dunno! What do you guys think?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 04:04:24 AM
Hey so question for @xiagan (and others who want to chime in). When I announce the winner on the FF-Contest Twitter, it's tempting to also post a link to their story in the submission thread, so people can go read it if they wish. However, I know we also post the story on the main FF site after a set period of time, and I wonder if posting the thread version to the Twitter thread would "steal the story's thunder", so to speak.

I dunno! What do you guys think?

Do they still post to the main site? I haven't seen one up there since I joined FF, and the last featured story was what actually got me onto these forums in the first place.

But even if they do, I still think making the winning story as available as often as possible and to the widest audience possible can only be seen in a positive light.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on February 02, 2017, 04:39:47 AM
They don't seem to be on the main site very regularly but they are there. I assume it is xiagan who organises that. But suspect main site and Twitter are rarely same audience, so it seems good to let it out on both.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 02, 2017, 05:41:06 AM
Congratulations Jmack!

And thank you for those who liked Anne's Words  ;D

Don't be the black sheep.

Who did you vote for?  ::)

Very well, if you must know, I voted for @Crystallynnfairy 's "A Fitting" because, in a departure from my usual, technical appreciations, I thought it had a very fragile, feminine mood to it that I found stirring. I broke my decision to only pick one, because @Rukaio_Alter 's story got to me. I am normally very straight-laced and prefer stories played straight. But, despite myself, he made me laugh, and I thought if he can make even stodgy old me grin with a tongue-in-cheek approach, that was worth a vote.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on February 02, 2017, 07:09:40 AM
My comment was brief last night because I had to wake up to see the result, so will expand on where my votes went after a lot of hard decision making about my favourite fantasy creatures. Many entries kept near the accepted themes, of hoards/ usual physiology/sacrifice to appease, but I appreciated the variations on those themes as well as other treatments. Excellent month from my pov, sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone.
 
@Lanko I loved every part of the story concept and the portrayal of your dragon, while being eaten up with personal envy. I have been struggling with a story around immeasurably large Space Dragons ever since the Monstrous Beasts month and tried again this month, still couldn't get it together. Now you have done it for me perfectly, a splendid all powerful dragon, together with a clever plot twist, and got my vote instantly. I hope one day Kalgarath appears again. Congratulations. ;D ;D

@Jmack, you got a vote from me for excellent fable style and even more for creating Lo, a bad tempered, long suffering, stubborn, snarky fishwife. She was brilliant. ;D

@Bradley Darewood Gladly voted for modern time, desert setting  and build up to new treatment of sacrifice with clever unexpected twist. :D

@NightWrite, that heart wrenching story of true reasons for dragons' hoards, love it when dragons get a little sympathy for a change and that was a different approach. Liked the unusual narrator and the journal entry style  so altogether pleased to give it my vote. ;D

Quick somebody check if lady Ty Head space is okay worried that she voted nearly the same way as Nora don't won't her turning into a person with a taste for flesh ;-)

Mind you lady Ty also has 3/4 with me too....
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady_Ty on February 02, 2017, 08:58:04 AM
Just shows Nora and I sometimes enjoy similar reading taste, but not always.I'll try not to nibble on human snacks but having some in common with you does that mean I'm going to get some bike exercise soon? ;D  ;D
Good to see you around again, missed the cheek ;)
Noticed you started on Marcus Didius Falco, good move, if you enjoy that series we definitely have one big Like in common.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 02, 2017, 09:53:57 AM
Hey!! Why is everyone calling me a cannibal? Yall realise that Hanni's moto is to, when possible, eat the rude?
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 02, 2017, 10:10:28 AM
Hey so question for @xiagan (and others who want to chime in). When I announce the winner on the FF-Contest Twitter, it's tempting to also post a link to their story in the submission thread, so people can go read it if they wish. However, I know we also post the story on the main FF site after a set period of time, and I wonder if posting the thread version to the Twitter thread would "steal the story's thunder", so to speak.

I dunno! What do you guys think?

Please go ahead and link!!!
Despite mine and Xiagan's best efforts (i.e. lots of requests and nagging), the stories being published on the main site are lagging by about a year ::)
So do go blow our winner's trumpet at will ;D
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on February 02, 2017, 11:13:02 AM
@Lanko I loved every part of the story concept and the portrayal of your dragon, while being eaten up with personal envy. I have been struggling with a story around immeasurably large Space Dragons ever since the Monstrous Beasts month and tried again this month, still couldn't get it together. Now you have done it for me perfectly, a splendid all powerful dragon, together with a clever plot twist, and got my vote instantly. I hope one day Kalgarath appears again. Congratulations. ;D ;D

The Lady of Dragons chose my dragon. I won this  8)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 02, 2017, 03:06:05 PM
What Bea said. ;)
If it's posted in a year again, that won't steal any thunder.

Oh, and congratulations, Jmack! Another well deserved win!
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: DevinBM on February 02, 2017, 06:25:17 PM
Wow! A year out. Why is the delay so long? Are we super behind on it or does it just have a low priority to other stories?

Just curious.
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 02, 2017, 07:55:03 PM
No idea :'(
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 10:22:43 PM
No idea :'(

Yeah it really is too bad it's so infrequent. It's something that attracts page views and more people to these forums. This is where the F-F community is, and it really should be a monthly thing. Plus it's easy content to create rather than waiting on article posts.

Anyway, not my page, not my call. But it just makes business sense.  :o
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 02, 2017, 11:41:58 PM
No idea :'(

Yeah it really is too bad it's so infrequent. It's something that attracts page views and more people to these forums. This is where the F-F community is, and it really should be a monthly thing. Plus it's easy content to create rather than waiting on article posts.

Anyway, not my page, not my call. But it just makes business sense.  :o

I don't think it's lack of business sense, but rather a lack of time... It's an easy way to fill in here and there, but the staff is probably pretty busy running their lives/the website. I think adding someone else to the might mods, someone endowed with superior editing powers, but whose only task is to manage the monthly contest, could be a good way to go about it?
Bea's been doing a terrific work of it here, and I'd be happy to see her doing the whole thing so that we get back over lost time–all while realising it's not my call at all....  ::)
Title: Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 03, 2017, 10:10:21 AM
Thanks Nora, but it really doesn't have to do with the forum or forum mods.
I have prepared the articles and the post and sent to Xia, who adds the photos and then sends to Jennie and/or Marc: they're the only ones who can post on the main site, and it's really just copy/paste from the message/mail, not that much work.

We've got 3 months' worth of articles not yet posted (I create them as they get posted).

I do believe it's 'busy life' from their part, but I have to admit being a bit annoyed :-\